by user Awrigh01

When will the Mets organization realize what every Mets fan already knows--Victor Zambrano stinks? Zambrano does not have the talent or makeup to the be in the Mets starting rotation. Since the trade for Scott Kazmir, Zambrano has not made the requisite adjustments to improve his pitching and frankly I am sick of it.

On most days, I think the Mets can win. When Pedro Martinez is on the mound I expect victory. I know that Tom Glavine, Brian Bannister, and Steve Trachsel at least will keep the Mets in a ballgame. Zambrano . . . well, no one has confidence in him.

Yesterday, with two outs, Zambrano in classic fashion loaded the bases in the bottom of the first inning. First he allowed a hit to the pitcher. Pretty pathetic. Then he walked Dave Roberts, followed up by another hit by young 2B Josh Barfield. As the Padres best hitter--Brian Giles--walked to the plate, you could see the fear in Zambrano's eyes. Not surprisingly, Zambrano grooves a batting practice fastball and Giles cracks the ball over the right field fence. Typical Zambrano.

Who's to blame? Is it Willie Randolph for stubbornly refusing to adjust his starting rotation? Is it Rick Peterson who arrogantly stated that he could fix Zambrano's mechanics in "10 minutes"--an absolutely absurd statement? Or is it Omar Minaya who refuses to bring up a young arm from the minor leagues to fill Zambranos start.

Let's not repeat the misery of last year, when the Mets stubbornly stuck with Kaz Ishii. Just imagine if they brought Jae Seo up a couple of days sooner, we might have made the playoffs. We know you made a mistake in trading away Kazmir. We forgive you. You kept David Wright and Jose Reyes, and from all estimations, Lastings Milledge will be an impact player. Let's get this clear Mets management--Zambrano is not the answer. He's not the messiah. He's a below average pitcher who belongs on the Royals. Let's end the shower of boos, and send him away from New York for a bag of balls.


Mon 04/24/06, 7:53 am EST

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